ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert, ACØW, recognized Twin City DX Association on 50 years of affiliation with the ARRL at its April meeting on April 18, 2022. Bill presented a plaque of appreciation from the ARRL to long time club members Bill Dean, WØOR, Hans Brakob, KØHB, and Dave Wester, KØIEA.
At the March meeting of the Hot Spring Amateur Radio Club ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert, ACØW, presented to club President Pete Burkett, WN6QJN, a plaque recognizing the club for being affiliated with the ARRL for 60 years. The club was affiliated with the ARRL on March 28, 1962.
St Cloud Radio Club was recognized for being affiliated with the ARRL for 100 years, the longest affiliated club in Minnesota with an affiliation date of May 26 1922. ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert, ACØW, present a plaque of appreciation to St Cloud RC President Randy Welsand, WJØL, at the club's March meeting on March 17, 2022.
Jamestown Amateur Radio Club was recognized April 20, 2022 for being and ARRL Affiliated Club for 75 years. Jamestown ARC was first affiliated with the ARRL on May 2, 1947, making them the longest affiliated club in North Dakota.
Jamestown ARC is located in Jamestown, ND. More information about the club can be obtained from their website https://jarcnd.com/.
Below ARRL Dakota Division Director Bill Lippert, ACØW, left; presents plaque of recognition to Jamestown ARC President Jason Linz, ND0JL. Photo by Michelle Linz, NDØML
Below shows Jamestown ARC 25- and 50-year Affiliated Club Certificates
Below is the motion passed by the ARRL Board of Directors in January recognizing the club.
On Wednesday June 16, 2021, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz has proclaimed Saturday June 26, 2021, as Amateur Radio Operators Recognition Day in Minnesota. This coincides with the first day of ARRL’s annual Field Day event. This proclamation recognizes amateur radio operators and amateur radio organizations for their support and assistance during emergencies, weather spotting and helping education students with programs in schools.
A copy of the Proclamation is available for download from the Dakota Division web site. All Minnesota clubs are encouraged to download the Proclamation and post at their Field Day site. To download the Proclamation, go to https://www.arrldakota.org/dakota-division-news .
All ARRL Affiliated Clubs are also encouraged to post their Field Day site locations on ARRL’s Field Day locator map at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator .
Bill Lippert AC0W
Director Dakota Division
Welcome to the first of February and the downhill side of winter. We are just a few months away from spring, green landscape, and antenna work.
With the start of a new term for a Division Director comes some appointments and other duties. Please contact me directly about any of the following at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following those items is a list of upcoming activities in the Dakota Division.
I belief many are waiting for a report on the ARRL Annual Meeting. While I am waiting for some of the meeting documents are released here are a couple of items to note.
Field Day – The temporary rule waivers implemented in 2020 with remain for 2021 with one addition to the waivers. The addition is Class D & E stations will be limited to maximum of 150 watts power. The rule waivers allowed Class D stations to work everyone and allowed for a club aggregate score.
DX and Contest Advisory Committees (DXAC & CAC) – Prior to the board meeting many email reflectors and other social media venues had a lot of discussion about a possible motion to replace the DXAC & CAC with a different advisory committee structure. The motion was never presented to the Board as it appeared there was limited support for such a change. Instead, the Board and Program and Services Committee has committed to work with the two advisory committees to find ways to better utilize the expertise and experience on these committees.
Bill – ACØW
Director Dakota Division
ARRL Centurion Award
This award is available for ARRL members at least 100 years old and 40 years of ARRL membership. Individuals who receive the award receive a plaque and annual membership fees waived. Notify me at email@example.com of any amateurs in your area or club that are 100 or older. We will verify the other requirements and award them Centurion Award if they qualify.
DX and Contest Advisory Committees
Looking for individuals interesting in being on the DX Advisory Committee and the Contest Advisory Committee. Individuals are appointed to a three-year term. Requirements can be found by scrolling to Rules & Regulations concerning Advisory Committees at http://www.arrl.org/arrl-rules-regulations . Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or for additional information.
Thank you to Scott KØMD for his 6 years of service on the Contest Advisory Committee.
Looking for an individual to aid in the maintenance and update of the Dakota Division website https://www.arrldakota.org/ . Contact me at email@example.com if interested.
DAKOTA DIVISION EVENTS
February 6, 2021 8 AM – 6 PM Saturday
Minnesota QSO Party
Here is your opportunity to be the DX while staying home. The world will be looking to contact Minnesota stations. For those working on WAS award, this is a great way to fill in those missing states as people from most states will be on. Minnesota stations if you plan to be on please get your operation on the activity map https://www.w0aa.org/activity-map/ by sending your plans to the webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org .
February 8, 2021 6:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Monday night for 10 weeks
On-line Technician Class
Sponsored by Maple Grove Radio Club
February 27, 2021 7:30 AM – 12:30PM
CDARC 2021 Hamfest
ARRL Forum with Dakota Division Vice Director Lynn Nelson WØND
April 10 & 11, 2021
North Dakota QSO Party
Help make North Dakota the main attraction to the world this weekend by getting on and activating a county.
September 25, 2021 8 AM – 6 PM Saturday
RRRA Hamfest & ARRL Dakota Division Convention
October 9 & 10, 2021 Tentative
South Dakota QSO Party
Todd Mitchell, N0IP, was interviewed by the Canby News. His interview covers two pages.
Permission received by Canby News publisher to share with the amateur radio community.
Download and print Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's proclamation for display at your field day site
The hamfest scheduled for Saturday March 21st has been postponed. No further details are available at this time. Check https://k0ltc.org/midwinter-madness/ for updates as they become available.